"Personally for me it was fantastic to make my debut and it was a great occasion and atmosphere," said Joe Allen, reflecting on an Anfield debut as a Liverpool player in which he put in the man of the match performance. "It was pretty frantic. It was a brilliant game for the neutral and it was great to go ahead twice, so we’re disappointed not to win the game.
"Bittersweet probably sums it up perfectly," he added before acknowledging that no matter how disappointing the end result might have been, Sunday's performance against Manchester City was still a massive improvement over week one's loss to West Bromwich Albion. "We knew we would bounce back [from West Brom]. We put that behind us and [now] we will look to kick on from here."